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Women Who Vape

The Oxford English Dictionary declared "vape" its 2014 Word of the Year, and it's not just men getting into vaping culture these days. Cristen and Caroline puff on how the rapidly growing e-cigarette industry is selling women on vaping and how it compares to how Big Tobacco lit up female smokers.

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Woodbury Facial Soap: The First Product 'Sex Sells'

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Kitty D'Alessio, advertising brain behind Maidenform's iconic "I Dreamed..." campaign. By the time these ads debuted in the early '60s, images of lingerie-clad w0men weren't exactly scandalous. After all, sex had been selling products in American advertising since 1917.

Skinny Models Hurt Brands, Study Finds

For female consumers, pretty catalog models can conjure ugly thoughts about brands, a new study out of the University of Manitoba has found. Previous studies on how women respond to advertising images of slender ladies has produced mixed results, with some finding that they amplify self-satisfaction and others concluding that they diminish it. According to this new data, the difference might boil down to subtlety.

Vintage Douching Ads and Scare Tactics, Courtesy of Zonite

In the Stuff Mom Never Told You episode on douching, Caroline and I discussed the advertising history of feminine hygiene products that revolved around scare tactics. In those early days, Lysol and Zonite pushed their wares as feminine hygiene products by convincing female consumers that if they didn't douche, their husbands would lose sexual interest.

Does milk cure PMS?

Even if you're not a fan of the message, you have to hand it to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the ad firm behind the latest marketing "Got Milk?" marketing campaign: they've got a lot of people buzzing about milk. Granted, it's an angry buzz, akin to a swarm of killer wasps. This time around, the California Milk Processor Board is urging men to bring home milk to soothe their female partner's horrifying PMS symptoms. And the Internet ain't happy at the overtly sexist tone. There's even an online petition to end the campaign. I could do without the lame marketing as well, but what I really want to know is: Does milk cure PMS? Is there some science among the sexism? In short, yes. Women should already get around 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily to reduce their risk of osteoporosis, although medical experts disagree on just how much is appropriate.